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Desert Review Press Archives

Identifier: MSS-850-BC

Scope and Content

The collection consists of the general correspondence files, edited manuscripts, rejected submissions, broadsheets, and publications of the Desert Review Press. Included are published issues and correspondence pertaining to Desert Review, AHORA, Penny Poetry Sheet, and A Poetry News Letter. Desert Review Press featured the works of Lucille Adler, Carol Bergé, Larry Eigner, Peter LaRouche, Peter Blackburn, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Guenther, and Judson Crews, thus the collection contains correspondence and materials related to these individuals. The collection also includes a poster of Allen Ginsberg.


  • 1962-1982
  • Majority of material found in 1963-1975

Language of Materials


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research.

Copy Restrictions

Limited duplication of CSWR material allowed for research purposes. User is responsible for compliance with all copyright, privacy, and libel laws. Permission is required for publication or distribution.

Biography / History

Ward Abbott (1945-2008) founded and edited the Desert Review as a student at Albuquerque's Academy for Boys. The first edition of Desert Review, was distributed in spring, 1962. Desert Review had three main objectives: to introduce poets and writers of fiction from the high school level; to publish new writers of all ages, and to publish writers living in New Mexico. Desert Review was not published regularly and ceased publication by 1975. Desert Review Press also published A Poetry News Letter, Penny Poetry Sheet, AHORA, poetry broadsheets, and other isolated publications of poetry and fiction. Desert Review Bookshop was located in Corrales, NM.


1 box (.45 cu. ft.), plus 1 oversized folder


This collection contains the archives of the Desert Review Press, publisher of Desert Review, Penny Poetry Sheet, A Poetry News Letter, and AHORA. Included are manuscripts, correspondence, publications, and broadsides.

Related Archival Material

Black Sparrow Press Records. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Carol Bergé Writings. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico. Judson C. Crews Papers. Center for Southwest Research. University of New Mexico.
Finding Aid of the Desert Review Press Archives, 1962-1982
Natalie Sedore
© 2010
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Finding aid is in English

Repository Details

Part of the UNM Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections Repository

University of New Mexico Center for Southwest Research & Special Collections
University Libraries, MSC05 3020
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque NM 87131